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No room for complacency in Britain despite fascist setbacks

Issue No. 2342

The fortunes of the British National Party (BNP) and English Defence League (EDL) may be in decline right now but there can be no room for complacency.

The objective conditions for the growth of fascist and racist parties in Britain exist.

The economic crisis is not as severe as it is in Greece. But it is creating real hardship.

David Cameron is one of Europe’s leading opponents of multiculturalism.

The Tories are going into next year’s European elections facing serious competition from Ukip. Both parties are going to play the race card and scaremonger about Eastern European migration into Britain.

But the key question for the BNP and EDL is can they reap the benefits produced in this political climate?

Over the last few years the BNP has been severely weakened as a result of electoral defeats and internal splits.

Yet it was announced last week that the BNP has received over £200,000 in donations.

This will enable them to fund major electoral campaigns, something they have not been able to do for the last few years.

Likewise the EDL has suffered large scale desertions from its ranks and internal splits.

Its leader Tommy Robinson has been in prison for the last few months.

He has now been released—and the EDL is bragging that it is going to hold a number of protests across Britain.

There is a key question for UAF—can it build on the successful campaigns it has run and keep the BNP and EDL in the gutter?

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Tue 26 Feb 2013, 16:52 GMT
Issue No. 2342
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